General Fishkeeping

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  1. What's in Store - May 2024
    What's in Store - May 2024

    The pond season is well underway now and our stores are filling with gorgeous pond plants and a wealth of hardy goldfish. Meanwhile, the fancy goldfish are providing a pet that the weather can’t spoil with a range of body forms that are unknown in nature. Some of these forms are rather extreme, such as these Dragon-eyed pearlscales (Carassius auratus) seen recently at Ascot. Although peaceful, fishes such as these are best kept alongside other similar b

  2. How has the world of fishkeeping changed over the last 40 years?
    How has the world of fishkeeping changed over the last 40 years?

    Since we opened our first store in 1984 a lot of things have changed, even many of the fish. New species have arrived on the scene, as well as established old favourites in a breathtaking range of forms. Here are some key developments.

  3. Temperate fish - the smart alternative to goldfish
    Temperate fish - the smart alternative to goldfish

    Let’s look at temperate fishes. They’re not cold water but they’re not tropical either – most importantly they thrive at room temperature. The most significant aspect is that they’re a far better choice for modestly sized set ups than goldfish.

  4. Caring for your Pond Fish
    Caring for your Pond Fish

    Moving to new surroundings can be daunting for fish and it’s perfectly normal for even the tamest specimens to take a little time to settle in, so don’t worry if your new pets are shy at first. Adding a small quantity of food helps the fish to associate your arrival with good things and tame more quickly.

  5. Caring for your Coldwater Fish
    Caring for your Coldwater Fish

    Many of us had a goldfish as our first childhood pet and they’re a popular choice, especially for a child’s first aquarium. But these large and messy fish are actually far better suited to outdoor life in a pond.

  6. Caring for your Marine Fish and Invertebrates
    Caring for your Marine Fish and Invertebrates

    First and foremost, it’s vital that any aquarium is properly established and suitable for your chosen species if they are to thrive. If you have any concerns about the quality of your water or the compatibility of your fish, ask a member of staff for friendly, expert advice.

  7. Caring for your Tropical Fish and Invertebrates
    Caring for your Tropical Fish and Invertebrates

    First and foremost, it’s vital that any aquarium is properly established and suitable for your chosen species if they are to thrive. If you have any concerns about the quality of your water or the compatibility of your fish, ask a member of staff for friendly, expert advice.

  8. Right Royal Fish
    Right Royal Fish

    Wave the flags and put out the bunting, it’s a right royal weekend and we have a coronation to enjoy! It seems timely to offer our congratulations and look at a few other royals which we’re familiar with.

  9. God save the Kingcup
    God save the Kingcup

    It’s another historic day in the UK as we see the coronation of a King who has a keen interest in the natural world and a love of gardening. It seems only appropriate to showcase a water gardening favourite which is not only a tried-and-true native plant but is still flowering in many parts of the country.

  10. Mum's Net
    Mum's Net

    Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, as you might expect there’s a lot of diversity when it comes to aquatic motherhood, but all these strategies seem to work. The world is full of fish and you don’t see many in therapy.

  11. Christmas and New Year Opening Times and Delivery
    Christmas and New Year Opening Times and Delivery

    Check out our last delivery times before Christmas and stores and online operating hours and Customer Service availability over the festive period.

  12. Need a lift?
    Need a lift?

    Microbe Lift products are designed to provide solutions to a range of fishkeeping challenges without the need for any harsh chemicals. The range includes products for both freshwater and marine aquaria, many of which are now used by our staff and customers alike

  13. Sale Season - the advantages of buying seasonally reduced pond livestock
    Sale Season - the advantages of buying seasonally reduced pond livestock

    After a long hot summer in the pond section, we’re approaching the time of year when there’s bargains to be had. The water is warm, the fishes have been in stock for weeks and not only are they bigger than when they arrived, their price has gone down rather than up.

  14. July Headline News 2022
    July Headline News 2022

    As the weather finally starts to look a bit more summer-like, our stores are bursting at the seams with some amazing pond plants that are definitely worth checking out, along with a great pond vac offer and everything you need to take care of your fishy friends while you are away on holiday. 

  15. Aquacare - Food for thought
    Aquacare - Food for thought

    As a fishkeeper, there’s a good chance that you’re keeping some of the most diverse pet groups available. Look around our stores and you’ll find everything from Piranha to algae-eating catfish, fishes that either need animal protein or can become unwell if offered an excess of it.

  16. June Headline News 2022
    June Headline News 2022

    The weather may be a bit changeable as we head into June, but with the luxury of an early bank holiday weekend to look forward to and a range of royal festivities to enjoy for many of us, hopefully warm and sunny weather is just around the corner.  

  17. What's Watt - Fishkeeping for Less
    What's Watt - Fishkeeping for Less

    It seems that energy prices are increasing every day and a lot of us are having to find new ways to economize. Thankfully there’s been a quiet revolution in the efficiency of electrical equipment and there’s a multitude of ways that we can help to reduce the running costs of our hobby.

  18. May Headline News 2022
    May Headline News 2022

    With spring well and truly in the air, pond sections are starting to buzz. Display ponds are appearing and this year we’re focusing on wildlife in many of our stores, as well as the fishes which are always the stars of the show. It’s not all about the great outdoors though, and some very exciting captive-bred marine fish are causing a stir, as well as some nicely settled tropical fishes following a busy winter season of imports. 

  19. Pondfish disease, treatment and prevention
    Pondfish disease, treatment and prevention

    Usually a very hardy group, pond fish can be expected to thrive come rain or shine, as long as conditions are stable and water quality remains high.

  20. What's in store - May 2022
    What's in store - May 2022

    At a time when prices for everything are rising fast, it’s nice to see a fish which used to be an expensive rarity becoming more mainstream. These tank-bred Granulosus catfish (Synodontis granulosus) at our Basingstoke store are dramatically cheaper than their ancestors, which at one time had a going rate of £750 each! They share the same striking white fin trims and classy demeanour.

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